Happy Thanksgiving all! I spent the day at the hospital with Blonde Haired Girl (Dark Haired Girl's best friend) whose Thanksgiving was decidedly NOT
happy at all. Simultaneous severe UTI and kidney infections. Poor girl. We thought she had a kidney stone at first. She kept crying and saying it felt like she'd given birth ten times back to back. She'd run over to the toilet in her ER booth/room/thing and I'd stand there while she bawled and trembled in pain, letting her lean forward and rest her forehead on my hip while I rubbed her back and hair.
There's a Mexican restaurant here in town whose owner, every Thanksgiving, puts the money out of his own pocket to serve free Thanksgiving dinners. The news reported on him tonight, and they served 6000 turkey meals. His reasoning is that after he came here from Mexico, this area supported him and made him a successful businessman. He wants to give back to the community that gave so much to him. His small army of volunteers even drives meals out to the disabled and elderly who can't come to his restaurant to eat.
Can you think of a better example of what America truly is about?
It's just down the street from the hospital, so having not eaten anything all day, I went and had a marvelous free lunch. One of my regular customers at the drive through window was a volunteer at the dinner, and he said it was nice to serve me for a change. They didn't allow to-go meals, so I couldn't pick anything up for Dark Haired Girl. She wasn't hungry anyway, taking care of Blonde Haired Girl... or else she was just being admirably stoic.
Well... I'm not just in the home stretch, I'm in the final mad sprint to the finish line at school. As we speak, I'm printing off portfolio pieces on an old Epson Stylus Pro 5500 that the IT guy was going to pitch at school. He even had ink cartridges except for magenta, so I had to order that online. A little print testing to tweak the settings, and I now have a wide format printer that will put out portfolio-quality prints, and it has gigantic ink cartridges that won't run out in a matter of weeks.
After finishing off the volleyball dvd slideshow, I've been dedicating 100% of my energy toward perfecting this portfolio. The actual portfolio case came in the other day. 11x14 black aluminum with a small window and a 12-ring binder inside. Not cheap. Thank God I sold 24 DVDs at $15 a pop.
One lady is pissed, though. I didn't put enough photos of her daughter in. I offered to re-make a version of the slideshow to include more of her daughter (it's only fair, she was one of the three seniors) and burn her a new DVD.
It's snowing outside. This isn't the first snow to fall, but it's the first to stick to grass and cars. The ground is still too warm, as the temperature just dipped this evening to a degree or so below freezing.
What a colorful fall this was. I think it was about ten years ago, there was a fall where I was so preoccupied, maybe when I was going to Sinclair Community College or something, that one day I looked up and realized the trees were bare. I was horrified that in my preoccupation with whatever matter was at hand, I missed an entire season
. That scared me to death, and ever since, I've had an informal vow to myself to be absolutely sure to look at the fall colors every day. And what a long, beautiful, and satisfying fall this was. :-)
So, yeah. That's where I've been lately.